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Posted on: February 23, 2022

[ARCHIVED] City Council Approves Transformative Grants Program

The City Council on Monday approved a process for providing grants to non-profit organizations to fund “transformative” programs that address such social and economic needs as poverty alleviation, job training and economic mobility.

Money for the grants would come out of the $51.7 million in federal money the city is receiving through the Coronavirus Local Fiscal Recovery Fund approved by Congress last year. 

In a memo to the council, Scott Tesh, the director of budget and performance management, noted that transformative programs would be those “which trigger a profound, ripple effect . . . transforming historically significant and deeply disinvested low-income communities.”

The City Council could allocate up to $10.5 million for transformative grants: Up to $7 million could be earmarked for social assistance programs in such areas as poverty alleviation and economic mobility. The other $3.5 million could be set aside for economic assistance programs in the areas of job training, economic development and small business assistance.

Grant proposals will be accepted from any registered non-profit organization that has been in business for at least a year. There is no minimum or maximum grant amount that an organization may request. 

The city anticipates sending out a request for proposals in March. Proposals will be reviewed in April. Depending on how many proposals the city receives, proposals could go to the City Council as early as May.  

All proposals will be scored using a matrix the City Council also approved Monday. Under that matrix, 20 percent of the proposal score will be based on the organization’s capacity and its plan for implementing its proposal. Fifteen percent each will be based on geographic and demographic factors, alignment to the City Council’s strategic priorities, and the short- and long-term impacts on community needs.

Ten percent each will be based on collaboration and stakeholder partnerships, funding sustainability, and administration and reporting. The final 5 percent of the score will be based on how well the organization’s board is representative of the community’s demographics.

 The city will hold a virtual briefing at noon Thursday, March 17, to go over the transformative grants program and give an update on the pandemic recovery grants program that the city implemented earlier this year as the first phase of community assistance with the CLFRF money.

The briefing will be held via Zoom and will livestream on the city's YouTube channel. Viewers who want to ask questions should sign in to participate in the briefing and pose questions through the chat box. A link to participate will be posted on the following city website pages: Transformative Grants and COVID Local Fiscal Relief Fund. The link will not be active until 15 minutes before the briefing starts.

More details are available

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